Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast. Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace. 
 
Over the past week, Deer Park Monastery welcomed lay friends to the Miracle of Mindfulness tour retreat. This year, the title of the retreat was, Breathe, It'll Be Okay. For this week's podcast, we offer the opening chant by the monastic brothers and sisters.  May your heart open as they invoke the name of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisatva of great compassion, 
 

Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 

Direct download: MonasticsAvalokiteshvaraChant_MoMTour2015.mp3
Category:chants & songs -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share the the end of a question and response session a the recent Teen Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. The discussion between retreatants and monastics touches on the notions of activism, ultimate truth and interbeing. When we ask with open hearts and listen with a beginner's mind, we can better understand the nature of our ideas and concepts.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: TeenRetreatQR_3UltimateTruthActivism.mp3
Category:question and answer -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
This week we bring you the second in a series of questions and responses during the Teen Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. Participants offer their concerns to the monks and nuns about how to practice outside the monastery, how to forgive, and how to center our youth in mindfulness. By practicing deep listening, may the questions and responses be illuminating for our own practice.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: TeenRetreatQR_2PracticeOutsideForgiveness.mp3
Category:question and answer -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast.  Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we offer the first in a series of questions and responses during the Teen Retreat at Deer Park Monastery.  Retreatants ask a panel of monastics about Thay's health, how to handle ancestral pain, and how best to support our future generations.  May the spirit of these questions stir compassion and insight in your own heart.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

 

Direct download: TeenRetreatQR_1ThaysHealthAncestralPain.mp3
Category:question and answer -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,

Today we continue a talk given by Sister Hang Nghiem. She offers The Four Diligences as a way to practice taking care of the seeds in garden of our mind. So often we are concerned with the seeds and gardens of others; our sister reminds us to take time to recognize and tend to our own seeds. 

 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrHangNghiemFourDiligences.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk given by Sister Hang Nghiem. She offers practical advice on how to practice -- by closing our eyes a little bit. In a literal sense, when we can do this during sitting meditation and when we have difficult emotions, but also figuratively when we are going about our daily lives. May we recognize our limits and take good care of ourselves. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrHangNghiemCloseYourEyes.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we continue a series of talks by Brother Phap Hai on The Eight Verses of Mind Training. Our brother invites us to return to the earth of our practice with the second and third verses:
 
"Whenever I interact with anyone, may I consider myself as lower and from the depths of my heart may I consider the other person as a treasure."
 
"In everything I do, may I look deeply into my mind and as soon as I recognize a mistaken view that endangers myself or others, may I practice diligently to embrace and to transform it."
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapHai8VersesMindTrainingTreasureMistakenViews.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 1:17pm CDT
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Dear friends,

In addition to the podcasts, which are usually offered as 30 minute sections of talks, we wanted to offer full length talks as requested by some Dharmacast listeners.

This is the second talk in a series of talks on the Eight Verses of Mind Training by Brother Phap Hai. This is the full talk for those who would prefer to listen to talks in their entirety.

The second talk on the Eight Verses is available here. To stream, click the link.  To download, right-click and select 'Save as.'

Enjoy!

Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 12:22pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk by Brother Phap Hai. He shares insights on our culture of consumerism and discusses how it applies to our practice. Over our time as a practitioner, we may have accumulated some layers of practice. Our brother encourages us to let go of these layers, these formalities and return to the essence of our practice. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
 
(If you prefer the full 1-hr talk, it is available here.)
 
Direct download: BrPhapHaiLettingGoStinkofZen.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 12:19pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we continue Brother Phap Hai's talk from Deer Park Monastery. He introduces The Eight Verses of Mind Training to help us practice and transform. Over the course of the next few months, our brother will offer all the eight verses for us. Today, the first verse: "May I always cherish all sentient beings and consider that compared to a wish-fulfilling jewel, they are far superior for liberating my heart."
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapHai8VersesMindTrainingCherishingBeings.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 5:40pm CDT
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